Okay that's not exactly true. I have a couple of big plans for 2019, but first...
I was recently approached by the media center staff at my local library to participate in their annual multimedia awards contest for the voice-work that I've been doing for Sivoa: Sunrise at their facility. To listen to the chapter one preview of the audio book - and vote for it - go to melroseawards.ocls.info/voting…
Also, If you have been following my illustrated anthology (that takes place after Sivoa: Mourning and builds up to Sivoa: Zenith) then you'll want to check this out!
I've had plans all year to turn this into a calendar and/or book and it's happening! It'll be released on January 1st, which means that I'll be closing pre-orders on December 15th in order to make sure that they get to you.
Reserve your book/calendar today at www.dragonmun.com/product/sivo…
I restarted up my Patreon for this project and now I find myself wondering where to continue with it as Sivoa: Mourning provided a format that allowed both imagery and prose. I created a poll regarding this and would appreciate it dearly if you would take a moment to check it out at www.patreon.com/posts/23134521
Also, I have signed onto a super-secret project with long-time Baba Bhalu cohort, Stephanie Chateau. I don't know if I'll be allowed to post about it on my Patreon, but I will try.
I'll be returning to some old haunts this year as I do not have to worry about cloning myself to be in two place at once with them. Already on the books are Anime Festival Orlando (which unfortunately is the same weekend/city block as Megaplex), Calusacon, and Savannah Comic Con. Not fully fleshed out are RealmsCon (OMG!), Earthday Birthday, and a handful of other music festivals.
If you want more info on, and to join me at, all of the events that I'm hitting up, keep an eye on my event list here. If you have an RSS reader, you can even subscribe to it at www.dragonmun.com/category/eve…
It breaks my heart to say that I won't be returning to Literary Love Savannah. There's something of a "money is no issue" kind of mentality behind the author sponsorship side of things and, as I am independently published and a work-at-home artist mom, providing everything that I did was quite a bit out of my budget. If I get picked up by a publishing house that will sponsor my ventures, then I'll go back. Until then...
TLDR: I can't afford it.
That said. I WILL be back in the area for Savannah Comic Con in February and I would absolutely LOVE to do some post-con crazy event. Maybe a ghost tour or something. Let's talk about this!
Additionally, If you want me at a show near you, tell the convention! They'll reach out to me and then I can show off my mad PowerPoint skills to wow them into teleporting me there with their secret moon lasers (shhh... I didn't tell you about those).
Anyway. I'll be updating the illustrated short stories that I've been working on for the past year here over this next month. Two a week so that I'm not overwhelming your feeds in one go.
In other news...
Taking advice from the travel channel and the rewards of being a local art nerd.
October was busy in all the ways that I didn't expect, but totally love! At the very start I was like "f*** it!" and dove right into the local art scene from a enthusiast's POV - and it was possibly one of the most amazing experiences ever!
The first event I hit was Ormond Beach Live, a new art and music festival put on by SSA. I might have fallen in love with the Casements, which was once John D. Rockefeller's winter home. It's been converted into a music/cultural venue and is simply gorgeous! I also made friends with a really cool guy that does car restoration while we both battled marathon cyclists. I did a brief write-up with slides on Instagram, which can be viewed here.
The very next week was the Dia De Los Muertos Block Party and Monster Art Factory put on by the City Arts Factory. I vended at this one as well, but I escaped from my tent whenever I could and was blown away by all of the amazing art and artists that came out for it! I did a slideshow write-up for this as well, which can be viewed here.
As you might have noticed, I'm a tad all over the place with where I'm posting these adventures. I noticed this too and have started the background work of revamping my personal blog to serve as a central point for these adventures. That is not totally ready yet (and is currently comprised of random articles from other parts of the site), but will be located at dragonmun.com/category/blog/
I wanted to mention this because of Immerse. OMG! Immerse was an amazing experience!
I knew that Orlando was full of creative types from all forms of art, but to have the performance side of things come together in one massive event that shut down the major streets downtown for two days was just mind blowing. I dropped the blog link above because I want a proper place to post about this thing. I mean... look at this video clip of a full orchestra performing a cover of Take on Me by a-ha!
So yeah. Keep an eye on the blog for coverage on Immerse next. It'll be posted some time this week.
I will also be posting this weird adventure that I and my friend Amy went on.
Several years back, while I was glassy-eyed and half-watching the travel channel while taking care of a sick baby, I saw a show that recommended various adventures that people could take within their own state. Fate had it that I was watching the Florida episode. While the theme parks were obviously mentioned, one cool thing was this challenge to watch the sun rise on the east coast and then try to make it to watch it set on the other coast by traveling down highway 50. As this is basically a straight shot, it's not hard to do... unless you follow the other part of the challenge, which was to stop in every town and city along the way.
We made it, but only by not stopping where we live.
Let me tell you, that was AMAZING! There were so many cool and adorable stops along the way and it was amazing to see just how alive and active our local communities really are! There were soccer games, art/music festivals, halloween parties, and bar crawls everywhere! Whoever says that there is nothing happening in this state apparently just never makes an effort to do things.
An insane amount of photos were taken and those will be posted on the blog as well.
While all of that was going on up there, stuff was still happening on the book side of things. The giveaway for a signed copies of Sunrise and Mourning is still running now through the 13th of this month. To get in on that, check out the link below.
If you don't want to participate in an online raffle, but still want to read Sivoa: Sunrise for free, you have options! The Orange County Library System now has it. If you're not in Central Florida, you can ask for it to be ordered by your local library as it is in the necessary catalog system now.
And33's on Colonial is now the proud home of original paintings, prints, and books. You can find them at 4805 East Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 or at and33s.com/
2 signed books, 2 ebooks, 5 sketch cards, and my thanks!
Giveaway ends on October 13th! Get your points in!
I HAVE BEEN BUSY!
I know that I was able to post about my book. That information can be found here:
What's been the biggest challenge is sharing the miniature illustrated stories FOLLOWING that book. DA doesn't support illustrated prose anymore? What gives?
Anyway. I've been posting those short little stories on the official Sivoa website at sivoa.dragonmun.com and mirroring them on Tapas.io at tapas.io/series/Sivoa-Mourning
These will be turned into 2019 Calendars at the end of the year, so if you would like to keep track of this (and everything I'm up to in general), please subscribe to my mailing list at www.dragonmun.com/support/emai…
I also finally caved and got myself a Patreon, which allows Patrons to get a sneak preview of the above mentioned illustrated shorts before anyone else does. That can be found at patreon.com/dragonmun
Naturally everything is still accessible though dragonmun.com, which is the best way to keep tabs on me.
I still love y'all. DA is just confusing me to heck and back. If anyone has a good tutorial for posting illustrated stories here again, or like... a changelog, please drop me a link. It would be appreciated.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I can hardly believe how quickly 2017 went by. I’m sort of reeling from it all.
In truth, I’ve been planning for 2018 for most of it and I’ve got some new fun things on the way!
THE STORY CONTINUES…
As you know, I released a book back in October:
I believe that I mentioned before that it is the first novel in a planned set of three. There is, however, a bit of a time jump between the first and second book (It’ll make sense, I promise) and that jump leaves some character fates to vanish in the mists of history.
So I decided to write about them.
Starting on the 5th of each month, I will be posting an illustration along with a flash fiction (which a really short story) that delves into what happened to character like Chiarina, Kinya, Elainia, Ka’Ren, etc. after the end of the first book.
They will be posted on the Sivoa homepage at sivoa.dragonmun.com and linked to via social media.
A Small Request:
If you have read your copy of this book, please leave a nice review on it’s Amazon listing. Those little bits of feedback help us authors out in so many ways, I can’t even explain.
In response to a kind of surprising amount of requests, I have reactivated my Patreon. This, naturally, had to happen right after Patreon decided to be weird and institute a backer tax of sorts, which they then rescinded when presented with enough complaints and explanations as to why that was a bad idea.
I’m glad that they admitted their mistake, but I also understand that it left a lot of people wary of their platform. In response to that, I have started working with other types of sponsored membership options and should have those up sometime within this next month. If you have a preference for funding platforms like that, please feel free to let me know.
All of the information regarding Dragonmun Studios memberships can be found at dragonmun.com/memberships/
I’m looking forward to this new year. I might have to fight with it, but I know that you have my back. Thank you so much for that!
I will be vending at the City Arts Factory 3rd Thursday art stroll this month, but at the moment there are no details available for it. I will be adding that to the Dragonmun Studios Event page as soon as information is released.
To get the low-down you'll have to contact me directly at my email email@example.com
Use the subject line "I want my story, damnit!"
Also. Hi. I apologize for not being so active on DA. The aforementioned secret news is the main reason why I've been so silent here (I have apparently turned into the crazy meme lady on Facebook though. It's just to easy to do when you're standing in line at the store/school/library/wherever!)
*Get those emails in.
Okay, so I know that people don’t like seeing Christmas posts before Thanksgiving, but this is important.
Commissions are a great gift to give for Christmas. They aren’t limited to characters by your writer friends. They can include:
Your friend’s dog
Your friend’s Mom
Someone’s DnD character
Locations people miss
That first car
People like to receive artwork of practically anything. That’s because art is AWESOME!
However, what custom art isn’t, is instant. I need time to work on things.
So here is what you need to know:
I will be accepting a total 10 illustration commissions this holiday season. If you want in on that action, you’ll need to claim a commission slot at
You can do this super easily by buying it outright at squareup.com/market/dragonmun/…
By emailing me via dragonmun.wordpress.com/projec… so that we can work out a payment plan (slot is not reserved until the first payment is made. Payment plans are made via Paypal subscriptions).
I will not be accepting commissions that require mailing (non-digital items) at all in December. I will not be accepting any other kind of commissions beyond December 12th.
If you are a backer on Patreon, your percentage coupons will work for this.
As always, thank you soooooooooooooooo much for your support. I wouldn’t be able to take care of myself and my family without you guys. You’re the best. ^.^
Thank you all so much for your support and patience. You guys are the best.
I will eventually upload scans for the pieces that I posted photos of. Hopefully I'll be able to do that when the convention season end and the art events have backed down a bit (not to much longe.
Wanna see what I'm up to at any point in time? Visit my event calendar! dragonmun.com/events
Both of these are 16 X 20 inch watercolor pieces and I will be at the art opening on the 19th to present them! If you’re able, please come on down! There will be beer, wine, and light entertainment.
If you can’t make it to the reception, you can always check them out during gallery hours between the dates of June 19 – July 11 to check them out!
• For gallery hours and info, click here.
I need new art and I need new music, so for the month of May I will be doing one of those sketch-a-day challenges based on the songs you guys suggest!
To keep track of the sketches, songs and playlists, please visit my art blog at dragonmun.com/2014/04/30/music…
Some Things I Still Want To Keep Track Of:
Dragonmun Products: A discussionI’m sure that some of you have noticed that this year is a slow year for Dragonmun Studios in regards to the amount of conventions/shows I’m selling at. This is largely because early on, I labeled this year as a “production year” so that I can kind of beef up my inventory for next year’s shows. This means that I’m creating all sorts of things, but instead of doing it all willy-nilly, I think that I should perhaps ask you guys what it is that you look for when you head into the artist alley at a convention.
By this, I mean products – not image content (with more and more conventions cracking down on fan-art, I would rather avoid their ire). I have been hearing more and more that people don’t want prints or posters because they’re running out of room for them – which is totally understandable. Unfortunately, this makes up most of my inventory and I would like to find a nice middle-ground for everyone. Sooo… I made a
New year, new meme...I figured that it's about time that I changed the journal page. It looked... desperate (and it was).
Comment below. I'm really slow to update these things, so even if I have to bump it off the front page for an important update, It will be linked.
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For each of the 20 first people answering this journal, I will put a link to their account the three deviations I like most from their gallery on the list!
If you answer, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the person you got this from in the first slot.
Comment and get a feature ^_^
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By this, I mean products – not image content (with more and more conventions cracking down on fan-art, I would rather avoid their ire). I have been hearing more and more that people don’t want prints or posters because they’re running out of room for them – which is totally understandable. Unfortunately, this makes up most of my inventory and I would like to find a nice middle-ground for everyone. Sooo… I made a poll. That can be found here: ow.ly/vqXQ3
I would love to get a discussion going on this. This is after all, for you guys.
- For each of the 20 first people answering this journal, I will put a link to their account the three deviations I like most from their gallery on the list!
- If you answer, you have to do the same in your journal, putting the person you got this from in the first slot.
Commission InformationThis journal entry contains a pricing overview of the various services that I offer.
Before We Get Started
Please be aware that while many of the base prices that I build my quotes up off of are linked below, it is almost impossible to provide an accurate quote without reviewing your project first. For a custom quote, please either message me or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, commission work is subject to the Terms of Agreement found at this http://dragonmun.deviantart.com/gallery/?catpath=scraps#/d5nkf89
I have been doing freelance web work since 2002. I can help make sure that your website is optimized so that it is both easy for your audience to understand and navigate, as well as easy for you to update and maintain.
Detailed pricing information can be found at this http://dragonmun.deviantart.
The crowd-funding campaign to help Rayven is over and now a much closer personal friend of mine is in need of help.
Chuck Stroschein (A.K.A. Breakdancing Kakashi) got into a motorcycle accident a few days ago and while he will pull through and recover from this, he does not have medical insurance to pay for all the surgery. Because of this, his close friends and family have started a GoFundme campaign to help pay for his medical expenses. Details regarding this can be found at this www.gofundme.com/2ssics
I will be transferring my below commission offer to Chuck's cause now instead. The those that donate $80 or more will receive a free commission from me. The donation comments tally on the right-hand side of the page will be how I verify donations (though, I do suggest that you message me as well).
Thank you all for being so awesome and understanding!
Heads up. I am now up to my ears in contract/commission work now (thank you! thank you !thank you!) , so the only way to get commissions currently is by donating to the cause below.
Please help a fellow artist out. She's really a great person and needs it.
RavynCrescent - who you might know through the Comic-Makers-Club here on deviantART - broke her hip in a fall and is going through an extensive recovery process that unfortunately is beyond what she can afford. In order to help get her medical bills paid for, her friends have set up an IndyGoGo crowd-funding campaign.
I have dontated a few full-color with background character commission slots to this. I will not be taking similar types of work until these slots there are filled.
For more information on this, please visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/hel…
Here are some samples of the type of work I am donating to this cause: